World Diabetes Day #WDD is November 14 this year. Why the need to raise awareness? Diabetes rates in America continue to climb, from 26 to 29 million people in the past five years, with 1 in 4 having no idea that they are walking around with dangerously high blood sugar levels. A lot of sugar constantly … Continue reading Lentil Quinoa Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash for #WDD
It surprises me how many people are still afraid to eat soy, including some nutritionists. No doubt, reading random online information about soy can be scary and confusing. Who would eat a food that purportedly causes breast cancer, thyroid disorders and even brain damage? But this information is hype and largely unfounded. I've followed research on soy foods and … Continue reading Still Afraid of Soy?
No doubt that strength training is a vital part of any exercise routine. Why? Strong muscles help with everyday functions like lifting heavy grocery bags and doing yard work, and improves balance to reduce falls. It supports and protects bones and joints, which prevents or eases painful conditions like arthritis, knee pain and back aches. … Continue reading Are You Guilty of These 5 Common Strength Training Mistakes?
Whenever I go on vacation I wonder if I'll be able to find my usual favorite plant-rich meals. Thankfully on this summer's trip I discovered a popular cafe The Golden Pear that became my mainstay for lunches. My favorite dish there was a wonderfully hearty but simple vegan soup with red lentils and butternut squash. Not many … Continue reading Red Lentil Butternut Squash Soup with Turmeric
How could I live without peanut butter? For the last seven years I've brought a peanut butter sandwich to work. Sometimes it's my main lunch, sometimes it's a late afternoon snack. On a busy clinic day I'll see six to seven patients back-to-back for one hour appointments each. That leaves little time to eat...ironic since … Continue reading DIY Nut Butters
A new JAMA study published this month found that certain fats were protective from deaths related to heart disease. Which ones? Your first guess might be olive oil or omega-3s that are often praised in the media. Yes those fats were shining stars in this study, but the bigger winner was omega-6, specifically linoleic acid, a type … Continue reading An Update on Omega-6 Fats
People don't just like avocados, people love them. Obsessed really, adding them into every meal or smoothie possible. They're so popular an avocado emoji is supposedly arriving soon 😍 Sure they're nutritious—check out my earlier post on the nutritional value of avocados. But it's more about its creamy satisfaction that balances out a crunchy salad, the … Continue reading #AvocadoLove